I was very honored recently to have been asked to preach for my friend’s Mass of Thanksgiving following his ordination to the sacred priesthood. The following is the homily I preached at his Mass, which was the extended vigil of Pentecost:
“Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant”
(Avē Imperātor (Cæsar), moritūrī tē salūtant.)
“Hail Emperor, we who are about to die salute you!” These are words ascribed to gladiators and even christian martyrs as they stood in the coliseum before they met their death. (more…)
From the feast of the Ascension to Pentecost, the Church recalls the days the Apostles spent in prayer awaiting the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. Christian custom urges us to pray also in a special way these days for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can pray for strength, to know ourselves better, or for a particular petition. In any case, we all need the gifts that the Holy Spirit promises! (more…)
Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Readings for the Sunday can be found here.
Sometimes we may get the thought that God loves us because we are good or because we do certain things. Rather, the Holy Spirit through the words we hear today corrects us: God loved us first. (more…)
Sometimes when we hear of shepherds in scripture or think of Jesus as a good shepherd we get an image of a sort of wimpy man quietly petting sheep. Certainly being a shepherd entails a certain gentleness and patience, but these aspects are not wimpy, nor do they show the whole picture. (more…)
Today is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 91st Birthday! This man was elected Supreme Pontiff when I was in college and really returning to the Faith. Since then he continues to inspire me by his life and his very solid and clear writings on the Faith. Now he gives a good example of the importance of prayer.
“May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit.” That is how we prayed this morning at the beginning of Mass: yes, God wants to renew our tired spirits! He wants to fill us with youthfulness. (more…)
Today we reflect on the glorious resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Christ has risen! (more…)